Village sending out letters related to embezzlement probe

Village sending out letters related to embezzlement probe
Sign in the village of Theresa

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The village of Theresa will be sending out letters to its utility customers in connection with an embezzlement investigation.

The letters will go out Friday and customers should begin receiving them Monday, according to village Mayor Jonathan Walker.

(See the letter pictured below)

The letter is related to an investigation into a case of embezzlement in the village of Theresa.

In June, Walker told 7 News a forensic accountant went over the books for the village of Theresa and found around $48,000 in municipal funds missing. He said it happened over a four year period.

The village filed an employee dishonesty claim with an insurance company last July. According to minutes of the board of trustees meeting, “The claim is in regards to misappropriated funds by the former Village of Theresa Deputy Clerk Danielle Rajner.”

The minutes went on to say the village received an insurance payout of $37,737, about $10,000 less than what the forensic accountant found missing. The insurance money will be split between the village’s electric, water and sewer funds.

The letter going out to utility customers says, “The Village of Theresa is currently conducting a comprehensive review of various customer utility balances. At the conclusion of this review, all affected customers will be individually contacted by mail and any appropriate credit(s) will be provided and reflected in a future utility bill.”

In June, Walker said there are possibly 50 customers who will be receiving credit on future utility bills.

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